Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Three Free Inspiring Printable Download Quotes

Please excuse the lack of posts lately, I am actually expecting a baby this January! We are really excited and busy. :) This pregnancy feels different than my others after miscarrying twins about 1 1/2 years ago and another little angel last January.

Needless to say, we've been through quite the roller coaster. I think it's fair to say this has been the most difficult time in my life so far. I'm grateful to have a loving Heavenly Father, Savior, & Husband who are there for me always. Maybe I'll share more on my experience later, if you're interested.

One of the other things that helped me through this time is listening to inspiring messages, including those by Dr. Paul Jenkins. He has so many great thoughts and amazing guests. Seriously, go check it out! You won't be disappointed.

So, today, to celebrate good news, including my pregnancy and selling my 2000th item in my Etsy shop, I want to give you a gift... 3 free 8 x 10 inch printables! Each of these quotes are something I heard on Dr. Paul's podcast that inspired me. I hope they will inspire you too!

Go ahead! Print them out! Hang them up! Be inspired! But, please remember these are Dr. Paul's intellectual property and my creative designs. They are intended for your own personal use. They should not be sold, shared, or distributed. Feel free to link to this post.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gray Painted Cabinet

I stopped by one of my favorite and most inspiring blogs today and saw this fun mystery thrift-off application. I just love this idea! Go check out the Better After blog for details.

Anyway, I started to fill out all the entry info and when I got to the part about entering your blog address I kind of cringed. I have been such a slacker here since I started my Etsy shop! So, I'm going to start going through all my pics today and actually posting those DIY projects I've been working on over the past couple years. :)

First up is this corner cabinet I did last fall. My hubby brought this beauty home from the thrift store one day because apparently the hutch I painted before wasn't sturdy enough "in case of an earthquake".

This thing sat in my kitchen like this for probably a year! I hated it. But, I just couldn't decide what to do with it. This thing has wood mixed with some kind of MDF type stuff and it just wasn't working for me.

I thought about staining the wood a little darker, painting the outside white, adding stripes, trying wallpaper inside... Finally, one day I decided enough is enough. I'm just going to paint it and replace the hardware.

So, there you have it. Sometimes you just need to go for it! I love how it turned out. I think the gray makes it more timeless and sophisticated. It's not the wowzy piece I had in mind at first. But, I didn't necessarily want it to steal the show anyway. Besides, if I decide I don't like it, I can always change it later, right?

One of the biggest changes was cleaning all the dishes and re-arranging them. I grouped them by type of dish and color. Isn't it great how simple changes can make a big difference?

Friday, November 7, 2014

Free Printable Download: DIY Christmas Ornament Gift

Yay! I made it to 1000 sales in my Etsy shop! To celebrate, I designed a free printable.

I've been trying to find ways to keep Christmas focused on Christ. This year I want to do things that bring me closer to Christ rather than just checking off a long to-do list. So, I hope this little ornament printable might remind you and I of the Savior.

This project is really simple, easy, and inexpensive. It would make a fun gift topper, neighbor gift, or gift for the children in your church.

To create this ornament, gather your supplies. You will need: free printable download (4x6 jpeg or 8.5x11 pdf), juice lids, mod podge, a paint brush, a hammer, little hole poker tool (or nail), a piece of scrap wood, scissors, and thin ribbon.

First, poke a hole in your juice lid toward the top. I used a hammer, this little tool, and a piece of scrap wood. But, you could also use a drill. I poked the hole on both sides.

Second, cut your circle printables out. I designed them to fit in a juice lid. But, I printed mine at a photo lab and they got scaled up slightly. So, I had to trim them a tiny bit to fit.

Next paint one side with Mod Podge. Place your nativity circle on the Mod Podge and let it dry. Repeat on the back side using the scripture circle.

Once your Mod Podge is dry, you can poke a hole through the paper. Make sure to line the hole up with the hole you punched in the juice lid. I could feel a little bump where the hole is.

Finally, string your ribbon through the hole. That's it, you're done!

Once again, here are those printable files: 4x6 jpeg & 8.5x11 pdf. Here's a special thanks to this site for providing the lovely nativity image by Gerard Von Honthors.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Free Home Decor or Gift Printable Download

Yay! I sold the 500th item in my Etsy shop this week! To celebrate I'm giving away a free printable. I designed this one to remind me of this fabulous talk by President Dieter Uchtdorf. He is one of the  leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Here is the download link. Please use and enjoy for your own personal use. Don't share sell or distribute my file. I retain all copyrights.

I hope you will use this design for your home, as a gift, scrapbook accent, or scale it down for a card. Don't forget, you are loved and God has not forgotten you! I promise. :)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Great to be 8 LDS Baptism Party Printables

Summer is here! My kids are out of school - I'm not sure whether to be scared or excited about that. :) I'm loving the sunshine. My freckles are proof! So, I thought it would be a great time to show this bright and cheery party I designed.

This set is designed for an LDS baptism celebration. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren't baptized until they're 8 years old. So, I thought it would be fun to design a party set based on the "Great to be 8" theme.

The little party favor baskets I made are my favorite part! I tied the favor tags that come in the set around a simple paper basket. The baskets are so adorable and easy to make! I used this great tutorial. But, I adjusted my overall paper size to 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches and folded every 1 1/2 inches.

I love how they turned. It shows a great way to use the printable patterns that come in the party set.

I have to give my sister credit for the idea to make this banner a flower one! The trick to stringing them is a hot glue gun.

Isn't this sign so fun? When my daughter turns 8, I might hang it on her door for her birthday. Then she could keep it in her room that year too.

These cupcake toppers are 2 inches in diameter, like my others. But they seem bigger because the cupcakes are mini. I was thrilled to find the store happened to have the perfect yellow and turquoise frosted cupcakes for sell. Yum!

All my party sets come with fill-in invitation cards. Sometimes I have people request custom text on these and the food labels. Of course, that takes longer. So, I charge a customization fee. But, did you know you can do it yourself? This website makes it possible. Just upload your photo, add text and save. I think it's a great tool for those who don't have Photoshop.

Here's all the files that come in the set. I try to cover everything you might need. But, I still get requests for things. So, I plan to do some posts showing how to use the kit contents for some different things, like the favor baskets.

I also have a coordinating printable baptism memory book that's been pretty popular in my shop. I would make a great gift or keepsake. So, what do you think? Would you ever throw a "Great to be 8" party?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Good Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle

It's been a yucky, sicky winter for me. Just recently I thought I might need my gallbladder removed. Luckily, that's not the case! But, it has gotten me thinking about health and nutrition a lot. I'm reminded that when I don't feel well, everything in my life suffers.

I realize that although I took a nutrition class in high school... forever ago :) that doesn't mean I always remember what I learned or know how to apply it. So, I did a bit of research to help me plan a healthy diet and lifestyle. Here's what I found...

1. Help Guide Article on Healthy Eating: I love this article! It has tons of great tips. It shows a graphic of a "healthy eating plate" that is great for me as a visual person. The suggestion to "think of your diet in terms of color, variety, and freshness" is also great rather that counting calories.

2. Six Rules of Good Nutrition: This article is by Men's Health, but I actually really thought each tip was great. They were good reminders for me and another encouragement to "start small".

3. Motivation to Exercise: This article explains how exercise benefits the body. It's not all about weight-loss! It also gives a few tips of how to move your body more.

4. Ten Relaxation Techniques: These techniques from WebMD can help you reduce stress. If you don't think reducing stress is important, check out this list of problems chronic stress can cause from the Mayo Clinic.

5. Get Enough Sleep: Sleep is one thing that suffers for me with little kids at home. Sometimes I stay up late to get projects done. My kids wake me up in the middle of the night too. But, getting enough sleep is important for health. Gina Shaw explains why in this article.

I hope these links will be helpful reminders to you to take care of yourself. It's like they say, "if you don't have your health, you don't have anything." Don't wait for problems to arise to remember to eat & drink healthy, exercise, relax & care for yourself mentally, and get enough sleep.

One more tip I want to add is have some fun! Sometimes we get so busy working and caring for our families that we forget to have fun. I think doing my favorite things with my favorite people rejuvenates me.

After reading all of these great articles, I plan to start small by drinking more water. What are your tips for a healthy lifestyle?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Ahoy, It's a Boy Baby Shower

Hello, Friends! I'm so excited to finally share some pictures from a baby shower my co-workers and I threw last summer for our dear friend Wendy.

She was one of the cutest expecting mothers I've ever seen! It was so fun to surprise her and it gave me a good excuse to design a new baby shower set for my shop.

I thought we were pretty awesome with our pool-side lunch and fancy cake. Well, until Lydia from Sculpted Sweets shared images of what she did with the party set.

Wow! This woman is amazing! She has far more patience and party-planning skills than I can ever hope to possess. Go check out her website or facebook page if you can handle staring at delectable desserts you can't eat. :)

You can find these "Ahoy! It's a Boy" baby shower printables in my Etsy shop.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Free Holiday Tags Download & Winter Party

Hello, Friends! I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet. But, please forgive me for posting winter projects today. :) I feel like I always have to be one step ahead with my Etsy shop.

I designed these special holiday tags just for you! I figure if you take time to stop by my blog, you deserve a little freebie now and then. Print this file on white cardstock, cut, and attach to your holiday gifts. Enjoy!

The tags coordinate with the winter party I designed for my Etsy shop. I've been thinking about it for a long time and working on it all week. I'm so glad that it turned out how I imagined.

I thought it would be fun to have the welcome sign say, "Baby, it's cold outside." It's kind of fun and different. It works great for any winter occasion. But, wouldn't this sign be perfect for a baby shower?

I love the font on this banner! It's so pretty and elegant. I used shimmery silver ribbon to string my letters. I also added a little silver glitter glue around the oval. I chose the phrase "Winter Wishes" because it's versatile for a birthday party, baby shower, bridal shower, New Year's party...

It's seems like you can't have a party without cupcakes these days. Each cupcake topper is unique, just like every snowflake. :-)

For refreshments, s'mores are a great winter treat -- or anytime really :-). Roast your marshmallows by the fire, candlelight, or stovetop. I wrapped the chocolate covered graham crackers in strips of snowflake paper.

Is there a more perfect drink than hot cocoa for a winter party? I don't think so. Make it gourmet with fancy marshmallows, candy canes, and whip cream.

I decided just to wrap the favors in white tissue paper. Maybe it's a little cheesy. But, I thought having the tags say "Thank you snow much" was cute. I was super excited to find the pretty white ribbon with elegant silver accents at the dollar store.

I've noticed most printable party sets don't include the invitations. But mine do! I think it's cool to have everything you need, including thank you cards all together. So, go check out my shop and tell you're friends.

Special thanks to the Graphics Fairy for the pretty snowflake shapes! She has tons of free graphics. So, go check it out. :) I'm also linking up to Skip to My Lou's Made by You Monday.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Easy Apple Heart Pastry: Hand Pies Recipe

I was cleaning out my photos and found photos I took of these cute little hand pies. We used to make these growing up all the time. It wasn't until yesterday that I discovered their real name is hand pies. We just called them pastries. :)

I think I made these for someone's birthday at work a while back... See I told you I've been making things to share! I just forget about them. ;) Anyway, if you'd like to make a simple dessert with a handmade touch, give it a try. They're a lot of fun and tasty too.

Jiffy Pie Crust Mix
Pie Filling

1. Prepare crust as directed on the package. You could also use your favorite pie crust recipe. Divide the crust up into several balls. I think I made 8-10.
2. Roll the balls flat with a rolling pin.

3. Cut large circles out of the dough using a bowl.

4. Fold the circle in half and cut a very small half heart shape out.

5. Open the circle and place a small scoop of pie filling inside.
6. Dip your finger in water and run it along the outside edge of the circle.
7. Fold your circle in half so the heart is centered on your half circle.

8. Squish the edges of the half circle together using a fork.
9. Top with cinnamon and sugar, if desired.
10. Bake on a greased cookie sheet. I think I did about 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Little Pumpkin Party & Free Printable Autumn Garland Download

Thanks for being patient with all of my party posts lately. I have been doing a lot of other projects too that I'm looking forward to showing. First, I want to share this party I designed for my daughter's 2nd birthday in case you are thinking about throwing an autumn party.

Here's a free autumn garland printable file to get you started. Print the file out, cut each leaf out and sew them together. Even if you're not throwing a party, this will make a cute fall decoration. You could also use them for scrapbooking, cards, or a wreath. Personal use only.

Ok, now onto the party. I decided to do a "Little Pumpkin" theme since her birthday is this fall and she's our little pumpkin. :) These designs work great for a toddler's birthday, kid's autumn party, or baby shower.

GOODIES: I had a lot of fun putting the favors together. Kids love these little pumpkin candies and they're so cute. I used this super easy recipe to make pumpkin cookies. Yum! You could also serve this with apple cider.

DECOR: The welcome sign might be my favorite part. I just love the way all the graphics come together. There are so many other cute pumpkin & fall decorations that go great with these colors and theme. You can cut strips of paper and make your own pumpkins like these or make my free leaf garland if you don't want to spend money.

If you want to make a party just like mine, stop by my Esty shop here. I include everything in this set, even the invitations. I think it would be fun to cut around the pumpkin shape to make a unique shape for your invites.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for your fall party!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tea Party Set - Birthday, Shower, or Just Because!

Hi Friends! I designed this Tea Party for my friend Kristie's birthday and so far it's my most popular party set. I love that you can use it for a birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, or just for fun!

Here's the whole thing. Doesn't it make you want to have a tea party? We used to throw tea parties just for fun when I was a teenager. Ya, my friends and I are nerds. :)

PARTY FAVORS: These little tags are perfect for party favors. You can tie them around whatever you want. Wouldn't it be fun to wrap them around the handle of a tea cup with a tea packet or candle inside? I would love to take that favor home.

DECORATIONS: This welcome sign has been a big hit in my Etsy shop. I think the tea pot and other graphics I adapted from the Graphics Fairy really help give it that shabby chic look. Here's a tip. Next time you have a party, add a welcome sign to your door to announce where the party location.

MORE DECOR: The "TEA" banner may be my favorite part of this set! You can also spell "EAT". I thought that was pretty clever. :) Another decor idea is tea cups, of course. It's fun to scour the thrift stores for tea cups and saucers. Try mixing sets or plant flowers inside for a centerpiece.

MY PARTY SET: This is what comes with my party set. I try to make sure my sets include everything you need for your party, including invitations and thank you cards.

COORDINATING PAPERS: I've started doing a few digital paper packs too. I work at a scrapbook company so I've steered away from this in the past. But, I checked with my awesome employer and they said it was ok.

So, that's what I've been up to! Making party sets and getting ready for my oldest to go to 1st grade. What's new with you? I love comments.